Bike theft in the UK and London especially is rife. There’s no getting around that but there are ways of protecting your pride an joy from opportunist and even more determined thieves.
Surprisingly, one of the most common ‘criticisms’ we get when we show our bikes off at exhibitions is that “they’re too beautiful to leave unattended”. While this is very flattering, it’s not true. The point of a bicycle, no matter how pretty, is to get you from A to B and you should be able to leave your ride unattended at either A or B while you go about your business. We have a selection of security products to help you do just that and with a bit of common sense you should be able to make your bike an unappealing target to all but the most determined thief.
We have to say “all but the most determined” because it’s impossible to make something completely un-nickable. 8Ball founder James spent over a decade writing about IT security and the saying in the business is that you can only make a system improbable to break, never impossible. With enough time and the right equipment, a ‘professional’ bike thief will have their way. What you have to do is make it so much effort it’s not worth their time.
8Ball bicycles use solid wheel axles and nuts as standard, not quick release and the inclusion of chain tensioners and drum brakes mean that you need a couple of sizes of spanner and a screwdriver to have the wheels off anyway. However, we can replace the wheel nuts with PinHead security nuts that require a special key to open. The rear wheel is more of a pain to take of because of the chain and tensioning gubbins so some people opt to just secure the front wheel but we can do both.
While we haven’t heard of one of our leather saddles being nicked we understand they are desirable and friends that run bike brands have had problems with saddle theft, so we offer some ingenious products from PinHead to prevent this. The replacement seatpost bolt stops anyone being able to take the whole seatpost and saddle away, while the saddle clamp bolt blocks off access to the bolt holding the saddle on.
Finally we offer a U lock from Kryptonite, which if used properly will keep your frame secure. Always lock your bike to a solid object through one of the thicker tubes on the frame. Nothing that can be cut through or anything that’s possible to lift the bike off or over. If your wheels are not secured it’s best to use the U lock to go through the frame and one wheel as well, and secure the other wheel with a cable lock or a second U lock.